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Photo by Miranda Kelton

COMPETITORS TO COMPANIONS

By Tara | La Purisima Mission, CA

From the track in Tijuana to the shores of Santa Barbara, these Greyhounds have made their journey from competitors to companions.

La Purisima Mission is situated a little less than an hour North of downtown Santa Barbara – the location of our most recent Spring photo shoot. With it’s dramatic architecture and rustic fields, it perfectly encapsulated the rich history of the area that has been the source of our inspiration this season. Little did we know, our beautiful featured hounds would have their own Hispanic roots.

Continue reading to meet the Greyhounds, featuring a note from their adoptive parents, The McClellands.

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Photo by Miranda Kelton

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Photo by Miranda Kelton

meet THE GREYHOUNDS

Nadia

We are very sad to share that sweet Nadia passed away unexpectedly last weekend. She wasn’t quite four years old. Nadia raced 93 races in Tijuana and came off the track at about two years old due to a “dropped muscle.” She’s the beautiful fawn girl.

Adopted from GreySave

Lena

Lena is the cute 4 year old black and white girl. She raced 9 races and left the Tijuana track at the age of 1 with a toe that needed to be removed.

Adopted from Fast Friends

Sam

This handsome boy raced 218 races in Tijuana. His racing days were over when he had a dislocated toe that needed to be removed when he was 4 1/2 years old.

Adopted from Fast Friends

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Photo by Miranda Kelton

Black and white Terra posing for portrait with greyhounds

Photo by Miranda Kelton

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Photo by Miranda Kelton

A note from The McClellands

The Retired Racers have a story, a history of sorts, that brings them to the track and takes them off the track, hopefully to an adoptive family. We were lucky, three found their way into our home and our hearts.

Our three dogs raced and retired from the track in Tijuana, Mexico. Their lives consisted of a routine of staying in their crate 20+ hours a day, taken out to eat, go to the bathroom, and train and race. Now, in retirement, our posse of three love their car rides, playing with their stuffed animals, and eating snacks. Their biggest decision is which of the 8 dog beds we have laying around will they settle into for their 3rd, 4th, or 5th nap of the day.

The minute you meet a Greyhound, you know something is different with this breed. They are even-tempered, barely bark, don’t really shed A LOT, and so much more… but… Greyhounds are bred for speed. They are the only dog to run using what is known as the double-suspension gallop, similar to that of a cheetah. At approximately 45 mph, greyhounds are the fastest canine and the second fastest land animal. Greyhound lives depend on how they run on the track. Imagine a half of a second away from placing in a race determines your fate.

Another interesting fact is that greyhound “Track” dogs all have tattoos in their ears. The number in the left ear indicates their National Greyhound Association number, and in the right ear the tattoo indicates the month the dog was whelped, and the last number (always a single digit) is the year of birth. The letter indicates the order in a given litter in which that dog was tattooed (not the birth order). By doing this the breeding process is kept relatively clean and not inbred, leading to a healthier dog. You can also use these numbers, in databases kept by the Greyhound Racing groups, to find out the dogs ancestry, some which can be traced back 100 or so years, as well as their running records.

It is a privilege to be an adoptive Greyhound parent – we are in constant awe of their majestic beauty, grace, and ability to have perfected being a “couch potato” in record time.

Santa Barbara Fashion Blogger Teryn Grey sitting with greyhound

Photo by Miranda Kelton

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Photo by Miranda Kelton

Terra sitting with her greyhounds at La Purisma mission for Spanish days photoshoot

Photo by Miranda Kelton

Greyhound Rescue

ADOPTIONS AND RESCUE GROUPS

Know of any wonderful Greyhound rescue groups, or are you interested in your own Greyhound adoption? Let us know! We look forward to collaborating with all Greyhound lovers.

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Post Credits

In loving memory of Nadia
Photography: Miranda Kelton
Location: La Purisima Mission, Lompoc, CA

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